Australian woman reveals the grim reality of moving to London


Aussie Bachelor star, 26, reveals the grim reality of moving to London after hoping for a ‘Made in Chelsea experience’ only to find rubbish-strewn streets and filthy footpaths


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An Australian reality star who moved to London last year has revealed how her experience of the historic English capital fell short of her expectations.

Rachael Arahill, 26, said her hopes of a dreamy urban life akin to Made in Chelsea were dashed when she instead encountered rubbish-strewn streets, filthy footpaths and abandoned Christmas trees.

The former Bachelor contestant shared an ‘expectations versus reality’ post on Instagram on Tuesday in which she documented the less-than-glamorous side of London. 

Not impressed: Rachael Arahill has revealed the grim reality of moving to London after hoping for a 'Made in Chelsea experience' only to find rubbish-strewn streets and filthy footpaths

Not impressed: Rachael Arahill has revealed the grim reality of moving to London after hoping for a 'Made in Chelsea experience' only to find rubbish-strewn streets and filthy footpaths

Not impressed: Rachael Arahill has revealed the grim reality of moving to London after hoping for a ‘Made in Chelsea experience’ only to find rubbish-strewn streets and filthy footpaths

One of her photos showed a dirty pavement, prompting Ms Arahill to admit: ‘I had never seen this much gum on footpaths until I moved here.’

She also posted an ‘expectation’ photo of pristine London townhouses, which she contrasted with literal piles of garbage she’d seen heaped up against shopfronts.

She also showed a footpath covered with dog faeces, captioning it: ‘Dog s**t all over footpaths.’ 

Expectations versus reality: One image showed rows of pristine London townhouses which Ms Arahill had expected to see...

Expectations versus reality: One image showed rows of pristine London townhouses which Ms Arahill had expected to see...

... and she contrasted that idyllic scene with the literal piles of garbage she'd seen heaped up against shopfronts

... and she contrasted that idyllic scene with the literal piles of garbage she'd seen heaped up against shopfronts

Snap back to reality: The former Bachelor contestant shared an ‘expectations versus reality’ post on Instagram on Tuesday in which she documented the less-than-glamorous side of London. One image showed rows of pristine London townhouses (left), which Ms Arahill contrasted with literal piles of garbage she’d seen heaped up against shopfronts (right)

'Dog s**t all over footpaths': She also showed a pavement covered with dog faeces

'Dog s**t all over footpaths': She also showed a pavement covered with dog faeces

‘Dog s**t all over footpaths’: She also showed a pavement covered with dog faeces

Another of Ms Arahill’s ‘reality’ photos showed several abandoned Christmas trees strewn across the footpath.

It was a remarkably different side to the city than the one portrayed in reality TV series Made in Chelsea, which has a cult following in Australia.

That long-running program chronicles the lives of affluent young people in the South London and South West areas of Belgravia, King’s Road, Chelsea and Knightsbridge. 

Falling short: One of her photos showed a dirty pavement, prompting Ms Arahill to admit: 'I had never seen this much gum on footpaths until I moved here'

Falling short: One of her photos showed a dirty pavement, prompting Ms Arahill to admit: 'I had never seen this much gum on footpaths until I moved here'

She had expected to see clean streets and stylish homes like the ones featured on Made in Chelsea

She had expected to see clean streets and stylish homes like the ones featured on Made in Chelsea

Falling short: One of her photos showed a dirty pavement, prompting Ms Arahill to admit: ‘I had never seen this much gum on footpaths until I moved here.’ She had expected to see clean streets and stylish homes (right) like the ones featured on Made in Chelsea

Trash: Another of Ms Arahill's 'reality' photos showed several abandoned Christmas trees strewn across the footpath

Trash: Another of Ms Arahill's 'reality' photos showed several abandoned Christmas trees strewn across the footpath

Trash: Another of Ms Arahill’s ‘reality’ photos showed several abandoned Christmas trees strewn across the footpath

Ms Arahill rose to fame on season seven of The Bachelor Australia, starring astrophysicist Dr Matt Agnew.

She was kicked off the show after flirting with one of the producers.

In one of her season’s biggest scandals, she allegedly gave the male staffer her phone number and told the other contestants he was her ‘Plan B’.

Dr Agnew was furious when he found out and sent her packing.

Remember me? Ms Arahill rose to fame on season seven of The Bachelor Australia, starring astrophysicist Dr Matt Agnew

Remember me? Ms Arahill rose to fame on season seven of The Bachelor Australia, starring astrophysicist Dr Matt Agnew

Remember me? Ms Arahill rose to fame on season seven of The Bachelor Australia, starring astrophysicist Dr Matt Agnew

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